The best free software for editing and cleaning (decimating and retopologizing) meshes and 3D data [2020]

Working with photogrammetry, laser scanning, and all the other techniques I dabble with/intimately rely on, I generate a lot of 3D data. For the most part that data is usually very high resolution, and often quite noisy and in need of cleaning up. I want to detail here some of the software I've come across... Continue Reading →

Free photogrammetry software review: 2017

Given how insanely popular my 'trying photogrammetry software' series has been this year, I thought I'd round up what I've tried, what's worked well, and what hasn't. Obviously I gave each piece of software in my blog posts a go with a standard dataset.  That photo set was not ideal - it includes photos taken... Continue Reading →

Automating free photogrammetry: Scripts I use

[updated 17/12/17 to get rid of unnecessary meshlab portion] [updated 01/04/18 - Updated scripts for version 3.4+ of COLMAP] In a vain attempt to be useful, I want to share the script I'm currently using to automate my photogrammetry workflow. I'm using COLMAP in conjunction with openMVS on Windows 10 at the moment, and I... Continue Reading →

Photogrammetry Testing 8: COLMAP

Here's the original post, and links to all posts I think I've found a new favourite photogrammetry software! Available here:, I actually came across it when I followed back referral to my own site to this thread on Sketchfab, where Mesheritage mentioned COMAP - so full thanks to them! COLMAP has an excellent documentation available... Continue Reading →

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